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Ephemera

Joined March 2018

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Lots of good short horror stories gathered by editor Ellen Datlow. This is an annual collection and well worth reading. If you‘re a horror fan, you‘ll like this anthology. Five stars

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A Killer by Design | Ann Wolbert Burgess
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The author of this book was chosen by the FBI to help agents set up the Behavioral Science Unit. This is the unit that profiles serial killers and helps local police departments narrow their suspect list in order to apprehend these murderers. Burgess helped to establish and refine procedures used today. She worked with such well-known profilers as Ressler and Hazelwood and was the only woman on the team. Interesting true crime. Five stars.

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The Salish Sea is the name given to Puget Sound by the indigenous tribes in the area we now know as western Washington State. So all these true tales of crimes committed happened in the towns along that body of water. This was quite an interesting book. Starting in pioneer times and going to 1938, these stories show the rough and tumble times people lived in up in the far northwest corner of our country. Five stars.

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Body Shocks | Ellen Datlow
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Ellen Datlow is the editor of this collection of horror stories with the theme of body horror. Datlow is probably the best editor there is with regard to short stories in the horror or fantasy genres. Her Best Horror of the Year collections are unmatched and I highly recommend them. This book does not disappoint and is full of truly frightening tales. If horror is your thing, you will enjoy this book. Five stars.

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This book was written by two women from the UK who have a true crime podcast. I haven‘t listened to the podcast at all, but this book is pretty good. The first chapter is all about the neurological and physiological roots of murder and is quite informative. The rest of the book deals with various killers and the circumstances of their crimes. It‘s a quick read and well-written so if true crime is your thing, you‘ll like it.

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This book was written by Corey Taylor, the singer for Slipknot, a band I know nothing about. Taylor believes in ghosts and that‘s why I checked this book out. Although he has no formal college education, he does have a good head on his shoulders and an open minded curiosity and he‘s had many paranormal experiences in his life. It‘s an interesting book and if you don‘t mind profanity, you‘ll no doubt learn a few things. Four stars

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There are several Lore books out and I‘ve read one other prior to this one. This particular book is about evil people such as murderers. However, the entire book isn‘t entirely focused on killers, it‘s more about bad human behavior and the consequences of that. All these stories are true and had previously been told on the author‘s podcast. Very quirky and full of coincidences, and very enjoyable. Five stars.

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This book is everything a good mystery book should be. Good, twisty plotting and interesting characters. I am a slow reader but I finished it in two days. Grab it and enjoy! Five big stars.

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The title of this book refers to small towns in Washington State. The author classifies these as towns between 48 and 3500 in population. Each two page chapter gives a rundown of the town‘s history and how it fares today. Sad to read about the loss of tribal lands due to settlers and miners. Good reference book for local history buffs. Four stars for this one.

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True Tales of Puget Sound | Dorothy Wilhelm
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I grew up in California and have only lived here in western Washington since 2009, so I don‘t know a lot about the history of our adopted state. It was fun and interesting to read this book and to learn more about the people and events around Puget Sound. I now hope to visit some of these towns soon and see their historic sites in person. Five stars.

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Yet another book about movies, but in an oblique way. This is a short memoir by Patton Oswalt, about his early years doing stand-up and his move to Los Angeles. He became a film buff and spent a lot of time at a local theater watching classic movies. At the same time he was fine tuning his stand-up approach. It‘s quite an insightful book and includes a listing of all the films he saw over 4 years. Movie fans would enjoy it.

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I‘m not a huge horror movie fan, but I have been known to watch a few over the years. This book was very interesting because it provides insight and background on some of the most well known horror film directors and how they moved the genre forward in the 1960s and 70s. Think Rosemary‘s Baby, Alien, Halloween, etc.So if horror is your thing, you‘ll enjoy this book and learn a lot too.

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If you are a film buff, you will like this book. Not only will you learn more about the film noir genre, you will also learn all about Hollywood clothing designers. This is a large format book with many photos in each chapter. Even if movie fashion isn‘t your thing, it‘s a fun read. Five stars

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Instinct: A Novel | Jason M. Hough
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Something is amiss in the little village of Silvertown, WA. This is a good little mystery set in a former company town in rural Washington. With the police chief gone on personal business, new hire Mary Whittaker is in charge and soon things are happening. Before she can pin down the reason, Mary is literally in a bind. Not a bad story, kind of fun to read. Four stars.

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If you read true crime, you might like this book. But if you‘ve read a lot of true crime then most of these killers will be known to you and the details of their crimes will already be familiar. Fair warning: graphic explanation of murders in this book mean it‘s not for the squeamish. Four stars.

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If you are a fan of Sylvia Plath or Anne Sexton, you may enjoy this book. The author deals with both women very frankly, warts and all. She compares their lives and work, their loves and fears, and their deaths with great scholarship and caring. These two American poets were instrumental in helping to break down the barriers around male-dominated poetry and should be celebrated as such. Five stars.

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This is a short history of the defining of depression and its treatment. Starting with Freud and his analysis approach and ending in the present day with microdosing psychedelics such as LSD and ketamine, it gives a good overall view of what depression is and how doctors have treated it for the past 100 years or so. The author suffers from this illness himself and provides insight into it on a personal level. Four stars.

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This book is the third in a trilogy by the author. Everything in it is documented and backed up by facts. If you are someone who still believes that Donald Trump was fit to be President or that he is not criminally inclined, then I challenge you to read this entire book. If he had won the 2020 election, America as we know it would have died a gruesome death. Five big shiny stars for exposing the disgusting liar and his lackeys.

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This was a very interesting book. It goes a long way toward explaining why Donald Trump behaves as he does. Written by his niece Mary, it‘s an inside look at the dysfunctional family of Fred and Mary Trump. Donald learned from watching his father tear down oldest son Freddy because Freddy wanted his own life and career. After Freddy failed to please his father, Donald became the golden child. Very well-written, a fast read. Five stars.

skewermann @Ephemera for a delicious allegorical twisting of this tale, I recommend my paint-peeling parody of "Fire and Fury"... "Dire and Puny". Includes the story of Freddy Chump. Love Martha Skewermann, Official Biographer of the Chump administration ? #satire ? #Orwell https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081S5JLTX You'll find reviews here: https://twitter.com/skewermann/status/1301793540624670722?s=19 Enjoy! ? 7mo
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This is a true crime story about a woman whose cyberstalking stymied both police and victims for about three years. Leslie Rule is the daughter of Anne Rule, a well known true crime writer. The book is well written and well researched as it had to be in order to pull all the myriad threads together. The woman at the center of all this is a sociopath, not someone sane people would want to encounter. Four stars.

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We all know what a horrible President Donald Trump was. This book is about how the Fox News network aligned itself to Trump and supported him before and during his term. Between Fox personalities such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham lying for Trump and Trump tweeting out lies day after day, any viewer of Fox became radicalized. And when covid came along, the excrement hit the fan. It‘s why I‘m very glad he lost the election.

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Killer Triggers | Joe Kenda
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I watched Joe Kenda‘s TV series every week for its entire run and enjoyed it immensely. This book is very interesting and gives a good insight into his personal philosophy on crime, criminals and the law. It also showcases his droll sense of humor. Being a homicide detective is tough on a person‘s psyche and Kenda explains that very accurately. Five stars. True crime fans will enjoy this book.

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No doubt there will be a movie or limited TV series made of this book. It has all the elements of a pot boiler that would appeal to viewers. But I thought the ending was weak and overall the prose seemed overly dramatic and somewhat purple. It left me feeling manipulated in the same way that Gone Girl did. Three and a half stars, and that‘s generous.

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Breakdown | Taylor Downing
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This book is about what used to be called ‘shell shock‘ and is now called PTSD. No matter what you call it, it was a major concern during World War 1. Soldiers lived under appalling conditions in this war and were routinely shelled and raked by machine gun fire. Any progress in taking enemy territory was short lived and the cost in human lives was devastating. Few officers or doctors understood shell shock and cure was rare. A very sad book.

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Columbine | Dave Cullen
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Most of us remember the mass shooting at Columbine High School. But unless you read this book, you won‘t know the whole story of the two teen killers and why they did what they did. You won‘t know how inept the response was to the event by police and SWAT. You won‘t understand the heartbreak of losing a child or the immediate response of the local community. Well written and researched, infuriating in places. Five stars.

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Possession: A Novel | Katie Lowe
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The plotting of this book is good and it has a lot of twists at the end, but I have to say the writing was overblown and melodramatic. It‘s a murder mystery set in the UK. I can‘t give it more than 2.5 stars. Just okay.

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True stories of female confidence criminals and their scams. The last chapter was about Sante Kimes, a woman who helped murder an 80 year old woman in NYC so she could take over all her assets and property. She was truly evil. Con games work well for women since most people trust a woman more than they would a man. Fast reading, decent writing. Four stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟

peanutnine Sounds interesting! 10mo
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This is nice little book about life in the small town of Haines, Alaska. It‘s full of local characters and local color. Lende is a very reflective writer so we read a lot of life lessons she has learned since she and her husband moved to Haines right after their marriage. Life can be precarious in Alaska but these townspeople are in it all together. Five stars.

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Every year people go missing in America‘s wilderness. The National Park service doesn‘t keep track of these cases and beyond the initial search, it‘s left up to family members to keep looking for missing loved ones. This book is about the search for Jacob Gray, who went missing in Olympic National Park. But it‘s also about other missing persons and how families deal with the loss. Well written, five stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Barack Obama is a very good writer. I enjoyed reading this book and can recommend it highly. It‘s quite long, over 700 pages, but it is not dry and boring. If you are at all interested in Obama the man or Obama the President, then you should read this book and also volume two, whenever it‘s released. Five big gold stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!

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This is the story of two French women who left Paris to live on the island of Jersey just prior to the start of WW 2. As soon as the Nazis took over the Channel Islands, these two women decided to resist by writing messages for the troops to find. These messages urged them to stop fighting and desert the Nazi forces. Soon caught, both were jailed and tried. Quite an appealing story of courage and danger. Five stars.

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Coronation Everest | Jan Morris
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This is a very short book about the first successful climbers to summit Everest. Written by James Morris, who later became Jan Morris, the celebrated travel writer. Morris traveled with the British climbing party to cover their exploits for The Times of London. The book is wonderful to read, however there were some parts that bothered me because of the rather racist descriptions of the Nepali locals. Otherwise, five stars.

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This book is exactly what its subtitle says it is. When Edison got his electricity going, someone thought it would be a good idea to use it to execute criminals. So the electric chair was invented. Soon it had replaced hanging as the preferred method. To prove its efficacy, many animals, small and large, were killed with electricity. Even an elephant was killed that way. We have moved on to lethal injection now. Time to stop this.

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Richard Estep is a British ex-pat who lives in Colorado and has a paranormal investigation service. This book is about how he became interested in the paranormal and relates various investigations he has been associated with. Estep is a bit of a skeptic and approaches investigations hoping for paranormal activity but not expecting it. This is an interesting book and well-written. He‘s a ghost hunter with his feet on the ground.

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This is a collection of ghost stories, edited by Ellen Datlow. If you like horror or ghost stories, you will like this book. The editor, Ellen Datlow, is one of the best at putting together collections like this, and when I see her name, I know I won‘t be disappointed in the least. There are some absolute gems in this collection. You might not want to read this before bed. Five stars.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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A couple of weeks ago, I read another book by this author so decided to see how this book would be. Not bad, as it turns out. A mystery in the village of Featherbank where a young boy goes missing and talk of the vile Whisper Man is heard again. But that child killer has been found and locked up, so who is imitating his signature method? Fatherhood is the theme. Five stars.

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If you have ever been to the Tower of London, read this book. If you are interested in the corvids: crows, raven, jays, magpies, read this book. If you are an Anglophile, read this book. Written by the man who is currently the Ravenmaster at the Tower, it is part history and part memoir, and all interesting. Short but packed with info. Made me want to visit London again. Five stars.

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I have always been interested in Sasquatch, and have read a lot of books on the subject. This book is really different from all the others because it deals with what I can only call the ‘folkloric‘ aspect of Bigfoot. A lot of research went into the book and the author draws from many different cultures to relate the parallels between the real and the folklore. A very interesting book with a lot of weird sightings. Five stars.

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This is a very good psychological mystery. I read the synopsis of it on my local library website and put it on hold. The author is British and has another book out under this pseudonym. This book is pretty creepy from the start and gets creepier as it goes on. Good characters and a twisty plot. Horror fans will enjoy it. Five stars.

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This book purports to explain why people believe in such things as UFOs, Sasquatch, aliens and such. I myself believe that Sasquatch exists. There is a lot of physical evidence which supports this. While the author does make a lot of good points in this book, he often makes allegations that he doesn‘t support with facts. In short, the book is an exercise in debunking and not much else. Two and a half stars.

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For fans of true crime, this is a very interesting collection. Bowden has had several of these articles in Vanity Fair, and I know I have seen at least two of them on a TV series dealing with true crime. A quick read, and intriguing. Four stars.

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This is a collection of articles about true crime. Most of the writers are women. The woman who edited this book, Sarah Weinman, wrote a book about the ‘real Lolita‘, the girl whose kidnapping formed the basis for the book by Nabokov. If you read true crime, I think you will like this book. Five stars.

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You get a two-fer when you read this book: true crime cases and films inspired by them. Charlie Starkweather and Badlands. Ed Gein and Psycho. Leopold and Loeb and Rope. Quite interesting. Four stars.

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Spider | Patrick McGrath
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This book is told entirely from the point of view of a man with schizophrenia, living in a group home in London. It‘s very well-written and eerie. Spider starts dissociating from reality around age 13 and becomes convinced that his mother has died. We learn how he deals with that and why he‘s been in a psych hospital for 20 years. I highly recommend this novel if you enjoy Gothic tales. Five stars.

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Billy Jensen is a crime reporter and was a friend of Michelle McNamara, who doggedly tried to solve the Golden State Killer rapes and murders but died before that man was caught. Jensen here tells about how he discovered a way of solving crimes via social media and discusses some of the cases he was involved with. A good reference for armchair detectives who are keen to help catch the bad guys. Four stars for this one.

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If you are at all interested in paranormal subjects, I think you would really enjoy this book. Imbrogno is one of a number of paranormal researchers who feels that ufos, cryptids, hauntings, and other paranormal activity may be coming from another dimension. He is particularly interested in an ancient race of inter dimensional beings known as djinns. Djinns are often mischievous and can become dangerous. Five stars for this one.

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In keeping with the last couple of books I‘ve read, I just finished this one. John Keel was a journalist who became interested in the ufo phenomenon. This book is about an extensive investigation he carried out on his own to try to unravel the enigma of ufos and where they came from. Most people think these crafts are extraterrestrial and that our government is hiding facts about them. Keel doesn‘t and the final chapter is stunning. Five stars!

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For fans of true crime and forensics this is a must-read book. Edward Oscar Heinrich was a brilliant man who devised approaches to crime solving that are still in use today. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Heinrich lived and worked in Berkeley, and was called on for his expert testimony in thousands of cases over the years. A fascinating book. Five stars.

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At the moment I am reading books about ufos. This book is about a town in Massachusetts where odd things seem to revolve around Sasquatch, ufos and orange orbs. The writing isn‘t the best, but I give the man credit for tackling the subject. If you enjoy reading about weird occurrences, with the added bonus of a giant cryptid that may be able to disappear at will, I recommend this book. Four stars out of five.

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I have read two other books by Leslie Kean and enjoyed them immensely. Kean is an investigative reporter who is willing to delve into areas that are generally overlooked. This book about ufos is not just a collection of stories about sightings, it is a thoughtful, measured look at the phenomenon and how it‘s being handled by the US. Several other countries investigate ufo sightings thoroughly, but we don‘t. We should. Five stars.

Mistermandolin Some incredible events recounted here. The Iranian case, in particular, was gripping and highly suggestive that something scientifically inexplicable had occurred. I understand the author has written one on life after death. Any good? 2y
Ephemera So sorry to be so late replying to you! Yes, I read her book about surviving death and it‘s quite good. This book about ufos seemed quite dry to me, although I do understand why she wrote it that way. Any hint of sensationalism would‘ve undermined her credibility. The book on life after death I can recommend wholeheartedly. I am of the opinion that our consciousness survives bodily death and moves to another plane. 2y
Mistermandolin @Ephemera I will certainly check out her book on life after death. I wrote one myself, a while back. You can check it out via my website at www.markfox.co.uk if you‘re curious. 2y
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